5+ reasons to visit re-souL

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Exciting news at re-souL! We’ve been busy at the shop and want to tell you all about our upcoming holiday plans. November brings us one step closer to the busy shopping season and we want to give you reasons to stop by, check the website and join the fun. Exclusive items, special events and more are on the agenda. Hope to see you in Ballard soon!

First off, the Fall re-souL collection – designed in Seattle and made in Italy – arrived, it looks great and fits well! Our exclusive house brand is comprised of everyday boots and loafers in simple versatile colors. SHOP NOW >

Mark your calendar for the fun events coming up here in Ballard. During the month of November, kids (and the young at heart) can participate in the Tomte Trail, something of a scavenger hunt around Ballard with prizes for participants.

Also, this holiday season, re-souL will have the pleasure of hosting two very special events in collaboration with two of our favorite vendors: Chris Chase of Otterwax, and Iris Guy Sofer, local jewelry designer.

Read on for more details…


Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Tomte Trail Scavenger Hunt

Come to Ballard and follow the trail of the Jul-Tomte as he searches Ballard for his beloved bowl of buttered rice pudding. Check out 25 participating local businesses, including us, and see if you can find the tiny Tomte! To start your Tomte adventure, stop into re-souL to pick up your Tomte Trail passport.

Don’t forget to bring your completed passport to the Ballard Holiday Fest at Bergen Place Park on November 26th to collect your prize!

Santa’s coming to Ballard

Speaking of The Ballard Holiday Fest, the celebration is November 26th between 3-5pm. Participate in all the fun holiday activities at Bergen Place Park: get your photo taken with Santa, listen to live music and don’t forget to turn in your Tomte Trail Map to win prizes! Plus enjoy some hot chocolate and popcorn while shopping along the festively lit avenue. 


Shoe Care Happy Hour with Otterwax

Shoe Care Happy Hour

Join us Saturday, November 19th from 4-6pm for a special event with Chris Chase, founder of Otterwax! Chris will be doing demos to teach proper leather care techniques using Otterwax products. Enter for a chance to win an Otterwax gift basket, featuring a range of their all-natural products, and receive a gift with purchase when you come by the event. We’d love to see you!


Ballard Gives Black Friday

Ballard Gives Black Friday

The “Shop Local” mentality is alive and well here in Ballard! We hope you’ll join us in our own version of Black Friday. Many Ballard area businesses are promoting the “Ballard Gives” Black Friday on the day after Thanksgiving. No “doorbusters” here but instead, a more socially conscious effort. Local businesses are partnering with local non-profits to donate a portion of the proceeds to an organization of their choice.

This year on FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25thre-souL will donate 5% of the day’s sales to YouthCareYouthCare helps homeless youth gain confidence and self-sufficiency through outreach, housing, counseling, education, and employment training. Please join us in support of this local non-profit organization, making big differences in the lives of our youth. 

CLOTHING AND SHOE DRIVE:

During the Thanksgiving weekend, we will be accepting donations on behalf of YouthCare. Help homeless young people feel ready for school or job interviews. Bring new or gently worn clothes to the shop, and we’ll donate them to YouthCare for you. Drive ends November 27th.


Iris Guy Designs Trunk Show

Jewelry Trunk Show

Friday December 9th, we will be hosting a trunk show and party in honor of jewelry designer Iris Guy Sofer. Iris will be moving back to Israel to be with her family, and we wanted to take this opportunity to host an exhibition of her original designs, old and new! Come by anytime during the day to check out Iris’s wide range of jewelry designs, and meet Iris at the shop between 5-8pm (5319 Ballard Ave NW).


We hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving spending time with your friends and family. Thank you so much for being a part of our re-souL community. We are continually grateful for YOU! Stop by the shop when you’re in the neighborhood and say hi! We’d love to see you!

XOXO,

Maggie, Legh, Nova, Margaret & Katie

Gift Guide: Sparkle & Shine

GIFT GUIDE: Sparkle & Shine

Sparkle & Shine

Jewelry Gift Guide for you or your Sweetie

Whether you’re into mixing your metals or not, here’s a gift guide inspired by the metallic sparkle of silver and gold. Brighten someone’s holiday or just treat yourself to a shiny bauble because you’ve been very good this year!

Gift ideas are listed as follows, left to right, top to bottom.

SILVER:

  1. Socks: Raindrop socks and silver ribbed socks designed by Hansel from Basel. 
  2. Rings: Stackable silver rings designed by Iris Guy. 
  3. Cuff & Earrings: Upper Metal Class
  4. Long Necklace: Designed by Iris Guy

BRONZE, BRASS & GOLD

  1. Cuff: Maslo
  2. Earrings: Fail Jewelry
  3. Necklace: Maslo
  4. Is Was + Will Be: Necklace
  5. Socks: Stance
  6. Pouch: Modern Radar

Not finding what you see on our website? Contact us directly here at the shop. We would be happy to help!

5 reasons to visit re-souL

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Hello!

We have so much to tell you! It’s already November and we’ve been so busy getting ready for the holiday season, we thought we should catch you up!

Maybe you have noticed our new look? We recently launched a new website that is better suited to your mobile life. We have designed a website that is clean, inviting, and still easy to navigate. The New Arrivals section is now on the homepage and updates in real time, so you won’t miss out on your favorite things.

Change is never easy, but often inevitable. We thought it was time for a new logo, one that was more cohesive with our brand. Our new shop logo is a better representation of the high quality products that you’ve known to expect from re-souL. Feel free to stop by and have a look, tell us what you think!

We hope to see you during the holiday season. Thanks again for being a part of our re-souL community.

XOXO,
Maggie, Legh, Nova, Margaret & Katie


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the re-souL collection

Our exclusive house brand – designed in Seattle and made in Italy – looks great for Fall. We have a collection of all new oxfords, loafers and flats, each in a handful of beautiful colors. In stock and online, check them out now! SHOP NOW >


re-souL shoe drive youthcare

Ballard Gives Black Friday

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 27TH, continuing the Ballard tradition, select Ballard merchants will be giving back to their community. This year, re-souL will pledge a portion of the day’s sales to YouthCare. Each night in Seattle, up to 1,000 young people have no safe place to sleep. YouthCare aims to help homeless youth gain confidence and self-sufficiency though outreach, housing, counseling, education, and employment training.

SHOE DRIVE: Friday will also be the kick-off of our shoe drive. Help homeless young people feel ready for school or job interviews. Bring new or gently worn shoes to the shop, and we’ll donate them to YouthCare for you.

Shoe drive ends December 31st.


iris guy sofer jewelry

Jewelry Trunk Show

FRIDAY DECEMBER 4TH, 5-8PM we are hosting local jewelry artist, Iris Guy Sofer for a trunk show. Iris is constantly creating new pieces, so this is a great opportunity to see the largest collection of her work, inluding many of her newest designs. Pick one up for yourself or your sweetie! Join us at the shop (5319 Ballard Ave NW) for a fun evening of jewelry, treats, sips and shopping!


re-souL tomte trail

Santa’s coming to Ballard

The Ballard Holiday Celebration is DECEMBER 6TH! Bring the kids down to Marvin’s Garden between 2-5pm for a fun afternoon of food and drink, shopping and prizes! Get your photo taken with Santa, and join in on the Tomte Trail by finding Nordic elves hidden in participating shops!

Image credits: Legh Burns, Stock Snap, Iris Guy Sofer

Studio Story: Iris Guy Sofer of Iris Guy Design

Iris Guy is a resident jewelry designer here in Seattle. re-souL has had the continuing privilege of carrying her work since 2003. Originally from Isreal, she studied at the Bazalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. Her work can be found in small boutiques, the Seattle Art Museum and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. We had a chance to visit her studio and talk to Iris a bit of what influences her and drives her to create her wearable works of art.

Iris Guy working at her soldering table.

Iris Guy at work in her studio.

You live in Seattle now, but you are originally from Israel. What was it like growing up? How did you spend your days? Were you always creative?

…Well, growing up in Israel was fun! Since it’s by the Mediterranean, it is warm most of the year. We used to spend most of our days outside playing with friends (after school of course..).

I was born to a very creative family. My mother is an amazing artist as well as her mother. Ever since I can remember myself, I was surrounded by arts and craft. Creating with whatever we could find, especially from nature. My mother was an art and pottery teacher as her second job, teaching children, so being with her was my default.

Iris Guy earrings

Earrings being prepared for finishing.

How did you get into jewelry design?

I earned my B.Des. in visual communications, but ALWAYS had the need to work with materials, and get my hands dirty 😉 rather than work on the computer all day. I knit and sew whenever I have free time, and my first collection of jewelry was hand crocheted jewelry with silver wire (I used to knit for days with my grandmother…)

Jewelry is my natural passion driven from my love for accessories and wearable art, working and sculpturing small scale with varied materials.

What is your studio like? How long have you been there? 

I’m at the current studio space for the last almost 5 years, and sharing the space with another four talented jewelry designers. I find it great and rewarded the opportunity to engage with other artists, brainstorm and have the creative community around.

How do you record your ideas?

I sketch on whatever I find the moment I have an idea… post it, backside of bills etc…

Do you have an inspiration board? What’s on it right now?

Few accessories made by my daughters, conceptual items I have collected and African beads, wearable art and such.

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Inspiration wall in Iris’ studio space.

You work with several tools in your studio. What tool do you enjoy using most in your design process?

I have plenty of tools… but I love to use my river rocks collection for new organic forms and putting them together. I love a good wire cutter too. 😉

Your collection over the years has grown quite extensive, do you have a favorite piece?

I LOVE the stone necklace and the large Branch necklace. So different and yet so me.

Do you wear any of your pieces?

I mostly wear my small earrings and the big necklaces when I go out… My little son will pull every piece of jewelry I have on.

Tell us about a current project you are working on. What is the inspiration behind it?

Im participating in the upcoming’ 3X2 Redux’ exhibition at Facere gallery which is a collaboration between glass beads artists to jewelry designers… and inspired by the beauty of the glass beads I was given, hoping to find the right balance between my minimalism metal work and the fullness and richness of the glass.

To see more of the Iris Guy Collection go here and here.